The Tom Morris A/V8 article [“Renaissance Man,” Nov. 2018] was one of the best you have published. I do not want to diminish Tom’s talents, but there’s a caption that states that “Tom cast his own headlight stanchions ….” I think he may have cast them using commercially available stanchions as patterns, but these types of stanchions were available on the market. I bought some just like these in the late 1950s for use on my channeled ’29 roadster. Offenhauser listed these in their catalog. In an earlier issue of your magazine another old car builder was credited with casting his own headlight stands that look just like the ones commercially offered.
In the same vein, your story on the Bill Kelly coupe [“Kelly’s Heroes,” Jan. 2016] indicates that the wishbone mounts were fabricated by Bill Kelly. Some place in my stash of stuff I have an obscure, 15- or 20-year-old catalog of aluminum castings for mostly flathead stuff that show wishbone mounts exactly like the ones on the Bill Kelly car. I almost bought a pair.
As cars get passed down from owner to owner, details of the build get lost, and the stories get better. Kind of like stories in hunting camp.